For those of you contemplating MVD I offer my experience:
Last week I finally decided to undergo MVD for my Trigeminal Neuralgia, I have had this affliction for the past 2 1/2 years, using the usual drugs to try to control the pain.
The drugs did not work for me as I had an active lifestyle and I found that taking the Trileptol and Bacofin in increasing dosages was seriously affecting my mental state in as much that all I wanted to do was sleep.
I did not want to mess around with different drugs I want it fixed.
So on November 7 I visited my second Neurosurgeon Dr Heroes at “Sylvester Cancer Clinic” in Miami and told him that I was ready to undergo the operation, he spent an hour with me going over my options to include the usual Gamma knife, laser knife and Injections all which I rejected on the grounds that I did not want numbness in my face.
So it was agreed that I would go undergo MVD, I was booked in last Thursday for the procedure to take place on Friday
This was when it became a little more complex, while I was in pain when I saw my neurologist three days before I was admitted I went into remission. So there I am sitting in a hospital thinking they're going to drill into my skull and I do not even have any pain. I tried manipulating my face, rubbing it brushing my teeth, sticking out my tongue all the usual triggers...nothing.
I talked myself in and out of going ahead with the procedure and on the day of the procedure which was to be at 1 PM I was still having doubts
I called my wife and asked her what should I do, at that time was on her way to the hospital she said just wait till I get there, unfortunately right after I hung up the phone in walks a female doctor who said “it's time”. I expressed my concerns to her I even asked what would you do? Would you allow someone to drill into your skull when you head no symptoms? She could not answer that at 11am they bought their gurney to take me to the OR now I was totally at odds with myself.
The doctor suggested that Dr Heros (my neurosurgeon who would be performing the procedure) to talk to me.
Dr Heros came to my room and told me that it was a simple procedure (don’t think he had watched the You Tube videos) and that it carried minimal risk.
He went on to say that the pain will come back and will never goes away while the nerve is traumatized.. OK Do It. (Called the wife back and told I am doing it)
Jump to; waking up (as after that injection you are gone)
My mouth was so dry but I was still totally out of it, I had bit my lip at sometime and that was swollen I thought to myself man this sucks; little did I know this was only the start.
I had been in the OR for 6 hours (I will find out why so long on Monday when I have the follow up and remove the stitches)
The wife gave me a few small slithers of ice that as soon as it hit my stomach I started to heave which really hurts when you have nothing to bring up. My head was throbbing and dry heaving is never really comfortable this went on for I guess a few minutes I settled down and after a few hours the wife had to leave and the longest night of my life began.
I was left in recovery as there were no beds available in the ICU, after the wife had gone home I could not sleep as I was starting to feel nauseated again this grew and grew till finally I started to heave again this time my stomach was complexly empty.
The nurse gave me a spit cup and a box of tissues then left I was heaving for at least 15 minutes but not once did she help to wipe my chin which now had mucus running down it. I tried to sleep but that was impossible as I felt so bad I wished I had listed to myself as TN1 was never this bad… was it? 2am..3am..4am..5am finally I think it was about 6am they moved me to ICU. The dry heaving continued I could not drink as it just made it worse but at least the nurses were very attentive.
After two days of lying in that bed (The TV did not work) just staring at the stain on the ceiling I get discharged.
Now 7 days after the op I am eating and drinking no TN pain bit of a headache sometimes and the incision site is sore but it is done.
The only other annoying side effect is noise, everything seems to sound sharp (like china being stacked) it seems my hearing is 30% better people talking are loud I have to keep saying talk softer the TV is turned down to what I remember I would never be able to hear but now I can hear it fine at low volume.
So the question is did I do the right thing?.....It is difficult to remember the TN pain I mean you can remember it hurt but you cannot remember the intricacies of that pain you cannot feel it in real time as you don’t have it.
After I fully heal I will think it was to right thing to do, but would I do it again if I go back to the pain?…….I really don’t know.